2010 NFL Mock Draft

22 04 2010

Greetings all! Here is our 2010 NFL Mock Draft. I’m sure that at around 8 p.m. Thursday, these will be considered completely broken and useless. Nevertheless, Dave and I will enter our mocks into a Yahoo! or ESPN competition. Winner gets bragging rights and a beer. Feel free to take us on.

1) St. Louis Rams

Dave’s pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

– The Rams need a QB about as bad as the Browns do and Bradford is the only ‘franchise’ signal caller in the draft.

Sam’s pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

No surprise here. Ndamukong Suh is the best player in this draft, but for better or worse, the golden rule remains: “If you don’t have a franchise QB, you don’t pass on one.” If you look at the Rams’ roster today, you’ll find three names: Null, Feeley, and Reilly. I promise you those are in fact quarterbacks, and the only three currently set to play for St. Louis. After passing on Mark Sanchez last year and Matt Ryan the year before, I don’t think they can do it again.

2) Detroit Lions

Dave’s pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

– With the addition of Vanden Bosch, taking Suh here would give the Lions a defensive line to think twice about.

Sam’s pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

This should be a no-brainer pick. I think he is the most elite talent to come out in recent memory. I’ve heard scouts say Gerald McCoy is right up there with him. Bologna. I’m not drinking that Kool-Aid. I know McCoy is a stud in his own right, but this season I watched multiple Cornhuskers games for one reason: to check out that defensive tackle. What? That just doesn’t happen. But this guy is a human wrecking ball. No, like literally. He hits like a human wrecking ball.

He recently participated in a “Sport Science” segment for ESPN. He hit a tackling dummy harder than any other participant they’ve ever had. They compared his force to that of a freight train. Who else has participated in this tackling exercise? Oh, only pro bowl defensive tackles like Kris Jenkins, and future hall of famers like Ray Lewis. No big.

Now should the Lions take him? Absolutely. Will they? Probably. But who knows? It’s too early for a wide receiver joke, but this is still Detroit.

3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dave’s pick: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

– The Buccs are searching for the next Warren Sapp and McCoy may just be their man.

Sam’s pick: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

– Hard to have two Sooners going sooner. Sorry for that cheese. But after Suh, McCoy is the next best player in this draft and should be the pick. Early on, some had Eric Berry in this spot… but over time, positions such as safety tend to get devalued and the players in the trenches gain steam. Always happens. And after having Warren Sapp on their side, those in Tampa Bay can fully understand the importance of shoring up that defensive front.

4) Washington Redskins

Dave’s pick: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

– Wit’h McNabb in DC, Washington should do everything in their power to protect Donvan and keep him on the field.

Sam’s pick: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

– Ater the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb, it became fairly obvious that this pick would be a left tackle. Only question is, which one? This is the first pick I really wrestled with. Okung, by all accounts, seems to be the surest bet to be a very good starting left tackle in the league. Trent Williams, on the other hand, may be a little less polished, but appears to have more potential due to his athleticism. But because they have the veteran QB, and appear to want to win now, I say they go with the more polished guy. But at the same time, Shanahan did go with the athletic tackle in Ryan Clady a few years back, and now he’s regarded as one of the top tackles in the league. So we’ll see.

5) Kansas City Chiefs

Dave’s pick: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

– KC needs to keep Matt Cassel’s big contract in mind and give him some time to make a play. He was sacked 42 times in ’09, that’s 4th most in the NFL.

Sam’s pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

– If Okung slips past Washington, look for him to be the pick here. If not, look for every Browns fan to collectively go “Ah, #@%&!” You can fill in the blank, I’m sure any number of four letter words could work. Seriously though, I think that defensive coordinator, and former Browns head coach, Romeo Crennel will stand on the table for Berry. I want so badly to say they’ll take Williams or Brian Bulaga, but I just don’t see them passing on him. I know that it was “leaked” that Pioli had admitted in circles that he refuses to take a safety that high. I’m more likely to buy a ketchup popsicle while wearing white gloves (thank you, David Spade), than I am to buy a story where Scott Pioli had something “leaked.”

6) Seattle Seahawks

Dave’s pick: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

– Walter Jones may not come back this season, even if he does it may be his last. ‘The Beluga’ will be swimmin’ with the Seahawks.

Sam’s pick: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

– Another pick that can go any number of ways. Seattle has two picks in the first round, and I think the first wave of top tier tackles are gone by #14. So surfer boy Carroll plays it safe and goes with the offensive lineman while he can. I could easily see Spiller go here, because you know the former USC coach loves speedy playmakers – and this time he can legally pay him to play!

7) Cleveland Browns

Dave’s pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

– In a division with other elite safeties like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu its time for the Browns to follow suit with a play making ball hawk of their own and take Berry here.

Sam’s pick: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

–  Let me start off by saying two things: 1) If Berry is gone, look for the Browns to be working the phones to try and trade down, which is what I would fully support and 2) Thomas isn’t a bad consolation prize by any stretch. Thomas is seen to be the 1a) to Berry’s 1). Some even have him rated above Berry, such as respected analyst Mike Mayock. Berry has the better size (about an 1.5 inches taller, and about 5-10 pounds heavier depending on what they ate that day), but Thomas, many think, has the better instincts. Just last season, he had 8 interceptions. He’s only been a starter for 2 years and is leaving school as a red shirt sophomore; so there is a ton of potential for him to grow as a player. By all accounts, he seems to have the right attitude and work ethic. Browns fans should applaud this pick. Its worth noting that Phil Dawson went to Texas, and he’s been Cleveland’s Most Valuable Phil since our return to the NFL in 1999.

8) Oakland Raiders

Dave’s pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

– Pierre-Paul is the perfect Al Davis pick right here. A monster talent that would do well in the right hands, but he will be in Tom Cable’s hands…

Sam’s pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

Al Davis took Darius Heyward-Bey last year about 20 spots too high because he ran a fast 40 time, so who the hell knows who he’ll take. What makes sense for the Raiders? Quarterback, offensive tackle and defensive tackle for one. But look for Davis to ignore the needs and go for the most physically gifted first round talent available. Pierre-Paul isn’t a top 10 talent on film, this is more of an WWDD (What Would Davis Do) guess here. And I recently read that he can do 23 backflips in a row… pick makes more sense now.

9) Buffalo Bills

Dave’s pick: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

– Because Clausen wasn’t spectacular in his workouts I think the Bills pass here and build in the trenches.

Sam’s pick: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa

– After trading away Jason Peters, one of the best left tackles in the game, Buffalo has yet to fill the void protecting their QB’s blind spot. Bulaga is the next best tackle available, so I think they go with him. Only question to me is that there has been some talk about him having to move to the right side. Why is that? Honestly, I don’t know because I’m too cheap to pay for ESPN Insider. Nevertheless, I think he’s got a high enough grade over Anthony Davis to warrant the selection.

10) Jacksonville Jaguars

Dave’s pick: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

– If Clausen falls this far the Jags have to consider David Gerrard is 32 going on 40.

Sam’s pick: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Not sure if Jacksonville even keeps this pick, but I think this is the pick regardless of which team is making the selection. He’s regarded as the only “premiere” running back in this year’s class, so I think he ends up going in the top 10.

11) Denver Broncos

Dave’s pick: Ronaldo McClain, ILB, Alabama

– One of the best over all talents in this draft, the Broncos would be silly to pass on him.

Sam’s pick: Ronaldo McClain, ILB, Alabama

They released last year’s starter and former Browns player Andra Davis. McClain should be able to fit in seamlessly into the Broncos ILB spot. This is also one player to keep your eye on in the draft. ESPN NFC West blogger said he wouldn’t be all too surprised if the Chiefs shocked the league and took McClain 5th overall. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall either though, due to the uncertainty of his medical issues (he had Chrohn’s disease two weeks ago, now apparently he doesn’t). I think the latter is more likely, especially considering the rampant rumors circulating that the Bronco’s will trade out of this spot.

12) Miami Dolphins

Dave’s pick: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

– This off season the ‘Phins lost Joey Porter and Jason Taylor so they are going to be in major need of a pass rusher.

Sam’s pick: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

– Another top-10 worthy player slides a bit, but Miami is happy to pick him up at number 12. With Jason Taylor and Joey Porter no longer in South Beach, they need someone else to get to opposing quarterbacks. Morgan can be that guy.

13) San Fransisco 49ers

Dave’s pick: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

– The ‘Niners could definately use some help in thier secondary and Haden’s 4.3 – 40 time at the Florida workout day proved his worth at this spot.

Sam’s pick: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

– San Francisco top two needs are offensive line and cornerback. With the top 3 cornerbacks still on the board, the 49ers take the only upper tier offensive tackle left with hopes of nabbing Haden or Wilson at #17. Davis has all the physical tools to become a stud left tackle, and I think Mike Singletary is the right guy to whip him into shape.

14) Seattle Seahawks

Dave’s pick: Derek Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

– The ‘Hawks were 6th last in team sacks last season and Morgan is the best player left on the board at this point.

Sam’s pick: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

Carroll appreciates the Texas program, both on the collegiate level and the quality pros they seem to produce. I have no idea where to put Kindle, but he was a playmaker in college. And after going with a “safer” pick in getting offensive line help, I think playmaking is the direction Carroll goes at #14.

15) New York Giants

Dave’s pick: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

– The first stretch of the draft but the Giants need to establish themselves along the defensive line for Lovie Smith to be a successful coach.

Sam’s pick: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

The Giants seem to have a never-ending supply of defensive ends, now its time to focus on the interior. Williams is one of the bigger boys to go in the first round – he has at least 20 lbs on either Suh or McCoy.

16) Tennessee Titans

Dave’s pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

– I don’t think Tennessee will be scared away by the possibility of “Crabtree II” because they have always been in search of a big time wide out.

Sam’s pick: Joe Haden, CB, Florida

– I almost didn’t have them taking a corner because they already have PacMan Jones locking down one side of the field. What’s that? He hasn’t played for them in three years now? Oh. Well, in that case, fairly easy pick. Haden was regarded as a unanimous top 10 pick before the combine. Then he ran an improved time at his pro-day, only no one seemed to care. Interesting.

17) San Fransisco 49ers

Dave’s pick: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

– San Fran has one of the weakest lines in the league and Campbell is the next best OT on the board.

Sam’s pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

– Wilson shot up the draft boards since his stellar performance in the Senior Bowl week. As an OSU alum, it saddens me to admit that Nate Clements isn’t quite the same player he used to be, so there is a need at corner.

18) Pittsburgh Steelers

Dave’s pick: Mike Iupati, OT, Idaho

– With Roethlisberger expecting to miss 4-6 games the Steelers will want to give  Batch/Leftwich as much protection as possible.

Sam’s pick: Mike Iupati, OT, Idaho

The Steelers need offensive line help. Iupati is a mauler. It’s a perfect pick, and I hate it because the Steelers always seem to have the right guys fall into their lap. Ugh.

19) Atlanta Falcons

Dave’s pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

– I’m not saying I think Atlanta will take him here, but they should.

Sam’s pick: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Very good player from that school up North. Don’t want to praise him too much for that reason, but let’s just say that this is a great pick for the Falcons who need a defensive end.

20) Huston Texans

Dave’s pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

– No substitution for Dunta Robinson but they may have the best corner in the draft at this pick.

Sam’s pick: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

– I love Steve Slaton and think he has great potential, but this league has quickly evolved into a 2-back league. Matthews was super productive in his collegiate career, and he’s got terrific size that would be a great complement to Slaton.

21) Cincinati Bengals

Dave’s pick: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

– Cedric Benson’s Weekend at Bernie’s act isn’t going to last forever and Spiller would be a steal here.

Sam’s pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

I know the Bengals already signed Antonio Bryant and Matt Jones in the offseason. I know Bryant is reported to have some off the field concerns. I don’t care. Bryant is too good of a talent to pass up. Bryant will make a much better 3 than 2, and Jones a much better 4 than 3. I hate how the other AFC North teams are getting great value at their spots.

22) New England Patroits

Dave’s pick: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

– Watson and Graham both left in free agency so Gresham would make a lot of sense here.

Sam’s pick: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Bill Simmons said it best: “TOM BRADY NEEDS MORE TOYS!” He may have said that after having the Patriots select Dez Bryant, but Gresham is a fantastic toy in his own right. He is a big, tall, and athletic tight end. The Patriots lost Ben Watson to the Browns and could use a stud at the position. By the way, Gresham could easily go to Cincinnati, because Carson Palmer could use the toys as well. Either way, barring any trades, I bet Bryant and Gresham go at #21 and #22 in some order.

23) Green Bay Packers

Dave’s pick: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

– With Aaron Kampman gone the Packers are going to need a pass rusher over anything else.

Sam’s pick: Jerry Hughes, OLB, Texas Christian

– They hit a homerun with Clay Matthews last year and now they need someone opposite of him. Aaron Kampman is gone, and I’m thinking they go with the speed rushing outside linebacker in Jerry Hughes. Offensive line is another area of need, but need offensive tackles more than interior help, so I think they go with Hughes over Pouncey.

24) Philidelphia Eagles

Dave’s pick: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

– Letting Brian Dawkins leave was a big mistake for this defense and Earl Thomas is an immediate starter.

Sam’s pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

The Eagles would prefer a top-notch safety. Berry and Thomas will both be long gone by this point, and there is talk of them trying to move up. And seeing as how they have 10 picks in this draft, they have the ammunition to do so. If they can’t move up, look for them to get some offensive line help or best player available. Pouncey might be both.

25) Baltimore Ravens

Dave’s pick: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State

– It only makes sense that the perfect pick would fall into the Raven’s hands. Odrick is 300 pounds of pure muscle and will be a great addition to that defense.

Sam’s pick: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

– I have to admit, I hadn’t even heard of Thomas until a couple of weeks ago. But when I saw him, he certainly passed the “damn, he looks big” test. He’s no Calvin Johnson by any stretch, but I still remember thinking he looked bigger than 6’3, 230. Now what does that mean? Absolutely nothing. But with both him and Anquan Boldin (still pissed they got this guy!) on the Ravens, AFC North defensive might lose a little sleep.

26) Arizona Cardinals

Dave’s pick: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU

– Joey Porter came over in the off season and could be a very good mentor (on the field) for the ‘high motor’ Jerry Hughes.

Sam’s pick: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State

At this point, guessing correctly what will unfold is really like asking my 5-year old cousin to finger-paint the Mona Lisa – it’s just not going to happen. In fact, I probably reached that point around pick #4. But the Cardinals could use some help along the defensive line and Jared Odrick is a fast rising prospect. Don’t be surprised if he goes in the 10-15 range.

27) Dallas Cowboys

Dave’s pick: Charles Brown, OT, Southern Cal

– The Cowboys parted ways with Flozell Adams in the off season and should be looking to replace him along the line.

Sam’s pick: Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal

– I personally am not that high on Mays. Sure his workout numbers are off the charts, but just about every scout agrees that he lacks the football instincts and coverage skills. Did I miss something, or aren’t those two of the most important traits in a defensive back? But at #27, it’s not too high of a reach, especially considering that the Cowboys need a safety. Plus, Jerry Jones likes his big name athletes. Mays fits that bill.

28) San Diego Chargers

Dave’s pick: Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana

– If the Chargers are going to win deep in the playoffs Philip Rivers has to be on the field. Others have him going second round but I like his size (6-4 315).

Sam’s pick: Terrence “Mount” Cody, DT, Alabama

They could definitely use a running back, so Jahvid Best might be up for consideration. I think they’ll go with California’s own Toby Gerhart in round 2, so that gives the chance at #28 to grab a nose tackle. At 6’4” 350lbs, Cody earns his nickname as “Mount” and will have no problem eating up blockers. Not literally, I hope.

29) New York Jets

Dave’s pick: Taylor Mays, S, USC

– HBO is calling the shots here. Taylor Mays is a pick that will solidify the hype for the next season of Hard Knocks.

Sam’s pick: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri

Great value at this spot. He really fits the scheme of th… Ah, who am I kidding? Only thing that concerns me with the Jets is when Hard Knocks premieres.

30) Minnesota Vikings

Dave’s pick: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

– Antoine Winfield was playing on one leg last year and it showed. Even Brady Quinn threw for 205 yards against them.

Sam’s pick: Devin McCourty

Was tempted to put either Clausen or America’s son, Colt McCoy, here. But we all know how pissy Brett Favre got when the Pack selected Aaron Rodgers. Don’t want to hurt the old guys feelings. My guess is that they improve the defensive backfield.

31) Indianapolis Colts

Dave’s pick: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

– Just keep feeding Peyton Manning. The defense always seems to have its problems but as long as Manning has more targets they will win a lot of games.

Sam’s pick: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

– There is not too much to need on a team that only lost one game they tried to win last year (final two losses of the regular season don’t count, sorry Sorgi). My guess is that after Drew Brees and company lit them up, they go defense.

32) New Oreans Saints

Dave’s pick: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri

– Scott Fujita was the leader of that defense and leaves behind a big hole but Weatherspoon is one of the more physical linebackers in the draft.

Sam’s pick: Everson Griffen, DE, Southern Cal

– Again, not too much needed here. Griffin is a first round talent and sneaks in on the last pick.

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Quick Thoughts:

  • I wasn’t kidding above when I said these will be completely broken and worthless after the top 3-5 picks.
  • Some might criticize mine for not including Clausen. I didn’t mean to do it, I just went pick by pick. Then I realized he wasn’t in there. But really, after San Francisco, there is no team that really “needs” a quarterback. You could make the case for Minnesota, but I bet Favre would be pissed if they don’t use the pick to upgrade the defense or give him another weapon on offense.
  • Although Clausen wasn’t in my mock, I firmly believe he will go in the first round. He might just get straight up picked by a team, but my money is on a team trading up for him.
  • Feel free to rip us apart in the comments.

– Sam & Dave

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4 responses

22 04 2010
TZ

Yeah, you guys think too much alike and read to many of the same draft articles/mock drafts to do this split thing. Way too many agreements. One of you needed to be the intruiging zany guy- Shanny still takes Clausen at 4, Seahawks reach for Spiller, etc etc

13 08 2011
Kaedon

You are so awesome for hpielng me solve this mystery.

22 04 2010
TZ

Sorry… that being said, this is also how I think/what I read. So kudos.

Glad to see Sam is really bored and this sight might take off. I’ll be checking regularly and I already sent the link out (you gotta think Fro and Rains have the time to check in).

23 04 2010
lebrontourage

Damnit.. I wish I hadn’t made the whole “i only didn’t put clausen in the first round because i didn’t include trades” thing in there. I would have looked pretty smart.

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